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Kyle Busch led all but one lap Saturday to win the NASACAR Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis for the second straight year.

The 2015 Sprint Cup champion beat Kevin Harvick by 0.415 seconds in the race that went 61 laps instead of the 60 scheduled. Paul Menard was third, 1.338 seconds back.

It was Busch's seventh victory of the season and record-extending 83rd of his career and came on a weekend where he has dominated the 2.5-mile oval on both the Xfinity and Cup circuits.

He posted the fastest practice times in both series Friday, won both poles Saturday and can sweep both races for the second straight year by winning the Brickyard 400 on Sunday.

Busch surrendered the lead once when he pitted and held off Harvick, who took new tires during a late caution that led to the overtime.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit two home runs, Zach Davies took a shutout into the seventh inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Saturday night.

Jonathan Lucroy also homered, giving Milwaukee the lead with a two-run shot in the first off John Lackey (7-7). Nieuwenhuis led off the fourth with a homer to center field, extending Milwaukee's lead to 3-0. Niewenhuis' added a three-run homer to left in the eighth, marking his third career multi-homer game.

Davies (7-4) gave up one run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two.

Lackey, who has surrendered at least one home run in seven straight starts, gave up three runs and five hits in six innings.

Davies, who pitched seven scoreless innings in his last start, retired 10 consecutive batters before yielding a single to Ben Zobrist leading off the seventh. Zobrist scored on Addison Russell's single off Will Smith, who relieved Davies with one out in the inning.

The Brewers loaded the bases with two outs in the third but Lackey escaped by striking out Chris Carter.

Milwaukee threatened again in the seventh, putting runners on second and third with one out. Cubs reliever Adam Warren then fired a pitch over catcher Willson Contreras' glove. With Hernan Perez racing down the third-base line attempting to score, Contreras retrieved the ball off of a carom and fired to Warren covering the plate, who tagged out a sliding Perez. The call was upheld after a review.

Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer and barely missed another during one of Cincinnati's final home games before the non-waiver trade deadline, and the Reds beat the fading Arizona Diamondbacks 6-1 on Saturday night for a modest breakthrough.

The last-place Reds have won three consecutive series for the first time, finding success against other struggling teams. The Diamondbacks have lost 17 of 21, falling from third place into the basement of the NL West.

Bruce's 20th homer off Robbie Ray (5-9) gave him the team lead with 69 RBIs. He also doubled off the top of the wall in left field and thought he might have gotten another homer, but the call of a double was upheld after a video review.

The Reds tried to trade Bruce in the offseason, but the deal fell through. He's Cincinnati's most attractive player for a deal before the Aug. 1 deadline. Cincinnati hits the road after concluding the series on Sunday.

Michael Lorenzen (1-0) took over in the fourth inning for Keyvius Sampson, who made his first start of the season after seven relief appearances. A starter last year, Sampson hadn't gone more than four innings this season. He gave up four hits in 4 1/3 innings, throwing 88 pitches.

Arizona's Chris Owings was activated off the disabled list and singled home a run in the first inning. Owings had been sidelined by plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

The Reds got three unearned runs in the first, two of them on third baseman Jake Lamb's throwing error. Brandon Phillips doubled home a run to complete the inning, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Phillips has twice blocked the Reds' attempts to trade him.

The Diamondbacks were still fuming over leadoff hitter Jean Segura getting hit in the lower back by Dan Straily on Friday night. The plunking came on the first pitch of his next at-bat after a solo homer. Manager Chip Hale thought Straily hit him on purpose, and warned that "there's going to be some retribution at some point."

There were no issues on Saturday. Ray's first pitch to Joey Votto in the first inning was an 82 mph breaking ball that sailed over his head for a wild pitch. Nobody from either team got hit.

Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer and barely missed another during one of Cincinnati's final home games before the non-waiver trade deadline, and the Reds beat the fading Arizona Diamondbacks 6-1 on Saturday night for a modest breakthrough.

The last-place Reds have won three consecutive series for the first time, finding success against other struggling teams. The Diamondbacks have lost 17 of 21, falling from third place into the basement of the NL West.

Bruce's 20th homer off Robbie Ray (5-9) gave him the team lead with 69 RBIs. He also doubled off the top of the wall in left field and thought he might have gotten another homer, but the call of a double was upheld after a video review.

The Reds tried to trade Bruce in the offseason, but the deal fell through. He's Cincinnati's most attractive player for a deal before the Aug. 1 deadline. Cincinnati hits the road after concluding the series on Sunday.

Michael Lorenzen (1-0) took over in the fourth inning for Keyvius Sampson, who made his first start of the season after seven relief appearances. A starter last year, Sampson hadn't gone more than four innings this season. He gave up four hits in 4 1/3 innings, throwing 88 pitches.

Arizona's Chris Owings was activated off the disabled list and singled home a run in the first inning. Owings had been sidelined by plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

The Reds got three unearned runs in the first, two of them on third baseman Jake Lamb's throwing error. Brandon Phillips doubled home a run to complete the inning, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Phillips has twice blocked the Reds' attempts to trade him.

The Diamondbacks were still fuming over leadoff hitter Jean Segura getting hit in the lower back by Dan Straily on Friday night. The plunking came on the first pitch of his next at-bat after a solo homer. Manager Chip Hale thought Straily hit him on purpose, and warned that "there's going to be some retribution at some point."

There were no issues on Saturday. Ray's first pitch to Joey Votto in the first inning was an 82 mph breaking ball that sailed over his head for a wild pitch. Nobody from either team got hit.

Adrian Gonzalez hit his eighth home run, red-hot Justin Turner got two more RBIs and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat St. Louis 7-2 on Saturday night to end the Cardinals' five-game winning streak.

Turner's two-run double capped a four-run third. He has 14 RBIs since the All-Star break.

Gonzalez's 429-foot solo blast to center sparked a three-run sixth.

Kenta Maeda (9-7) rebounded from a poor outing against Arizona on July 17, giving up two runs over 5 2/3 innings. Only one of the Cardinals' first 15 batters was able to hit the ball out of the infield against the Japanese right-hander.

Maeda helped himself with an RBI bunt single to start the third-inning rally.

Andrew Toles went 3 for 4 and scored once for the Dodgers. He has reached safely in nine of 10 games since being called up from the minors.

Mike Leake (7-8) allowed seven runs — six earned — in six innings. He was victimized by a mental error on Maeda's single when second baseman Greg Garcia failed to cover first on the bunt attempt.

Matt Adams homered for the second consecutive game. His blast to left in the fourth extended the Cardinals' streak of home runs to 14 straight games.

Aledmys Diaz reached safely for the 26th straight game with a first-inning single. Diaz's streak is the second-longest by a Cardinals rookie since Albert Pujols had streaks of 30 and 48 games in 2001.

The loss dropped St. Louis' home record to 25-29.